Riverside Daily Press (California), Volume XXXVI, Number 3, 4 January 1921
LILLIAN GISH IS NOW OUT OF A JOB
LILLIAN GISH IS NOW OUT OF A JOB – Famous Movie Star Signed a $400,000 Contract With New Firm But it Went Broke and She Has Had to Sue for First Week’s Salary
NEW YORK, Jan. 4—Dainty Lillian Gish has joined the army of unemployed. All down through her reel career the frail little movie star has been doing “heavies.” Now she is doing a “heavy’’ in a little bit of real stuff produced by life. The faint Lillian is out of a job, broke as she bashfully admits, and about to sue for a week’s salary. In one section of the large Gish apartment are Dorothy, the other half of the famous Gish pair, and her new husband, James Rennie.
They are as happy and contented as two “little doves.” On the other side is little husbandless Lillian, out of a job, broke as a result of her first step in real life and wondering what she will do next. Dorothy has always played the ‘‘light stuff.” She always finds happiness in the “fade out.” Lillian, the abused and beaten-up heroine, has always done the “sad stuff.”, “I guess I’m cut out for that line in everything,’ she said today. Recently Lillian left D. W. Griffith, who had made her famous. She had no contract with the noted producer, she says, and when an offer came larger than she had ever imagined, her producer released her from their unwritten agreement so that “she could do well.” Lillian signed a $400,000 contract with a new firm. She worked three months in the “heavy’’ of a film The company went on the rocks and she didn’t get a week’s salary.
4 January 1921